Mark O'Rowe is a playwright and film writer whose second play, Howie the Rookie, won the George Devine Award when it premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1999. In 2007 he wrote Terminus, a series of interlocking monologues, which received rave reviews when it opened at Dublin's Abbey Theatre and won a Fringe First when it transferred to the Edinburgh Festival in 2008. In 2013 Mark directed a critically acclaimed new production of Howie the Rookie re-imagined for one actor, starring Tom Vaughn-Lawlor and produced by Landmark Productions.
In 2003, Mark wrote his first feature film, Intermission, which starred Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy and was a popular hit. He went on in 2008 to adapt Jonathan Trigell's novel, Boy A, for Cuba Pictures and Channel 4. Originally written for television, the film was picked up for theatrical release by the Weinstein Company after it won numerous awards, including a Broadcast Award for Best Single Drama, a Broadcasting Guild Award for Best Single Drama and four jury awards at Dinard British Film Festival, including the Golden Hitchcock (Dinard's top jury prize), which was awarded by a unanimous vote by the festival judges. Mark's adaptation of Daniel Clay's 2008 novel Broken was directed by Rufus Norris (London Road) and stars Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth. The film went on to open Cannes Critics' Week and won Best Independent Feature at the BIFAs in 2012.
Mark's new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic play, Hedda Gabler, opened at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in April 2015.
New adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play
Play following three interlinked women trapped between nightmares and waking
Dark play set in a reimagined Dublin filled with martial arts, rogue cops and savage low-lifes
Dark comedy about a man seeking revenge after he is accidentally shot by the Gardai
Play about a snuff director obsessed with a young girl's ankle, part of the Theatre of Cruelty Season
Writer & Director
Dark play about one family forced to confront the unspoken reality of their relationships
Adaptation of Joseph O'Connor's novel set during the Irish famine